Red Dirt Weight Watchers


Tomorrow will mark one week with Weight Watchers. Did I tell you I started Weight Watchers? Oh I didn’t? Oops. 😉

I’ve been thinking about just making a concerted effort to lose this baby weight (and then some) safely. I’ve done diets: South Beach Diet, Atkins, organic, sugar-free, diet pills, AdvoCare …and while many of them are well balanced and great in their own right, none of them are working for me in this season of my life. I lost the most weight off of South Beach, but I cannot do that while nursing. Plus, it’s really hard to do something that you have to buy a whole bunch of separate items for you to eat while the family eats something else.

Enter Weight Watchers. I need to try something that works with my everyday life. I have many friends who have utilized this plan and really love it. Also, you can join for free right now and so I thought, “why not?”

Losing weight while nursing is both easy and difficult. A pro is that you typically burn 500 or so calories exclusively breastfeeding, but because of this feeding relationship I can’t lose more than a pound a week without jeopardizing it. So, it’s a balancing act. It’s easy to justify a Vanilla Coke from Sonic or a burger and fries. My other automatic response is eat little to nothing. One is delicious and keeps baby happy, the other makes mama skinny but jacks everything else up.

I needed something to help me make good decisions but also place priority on my breastfeeding relationship.

That’s what sold me on Weight Watchers. Because I suck at guessing on my food choices but I need to take advantage of this time.

I’ve been on it a week now, and I’ve learned a few things:

1. I have a very good, don’t need or want all my points day…followed by a “oh my gosh I want to eat everything” day.

2. It’s so much easier to make good decisions when I don’t wait until I’m starving to eat.

3. There’s a lot of food out there that are just insane choices. I find myself asking, “is it worth it?” often. I get a lot of points while nursing, but there are things that would blow my mind– and my points!

4. I kind of feel like I’m doing a lot of work for nothing as I can only lose one pound a week, but I FEEL better. Even though I know I want to see a ton of results now, I am trusting the process and aiming to make this a permanent change.

Have you ever done Weight Watchers? Are there any tips or tricks you want to share? What should I know to help keep me successful? Share your wisdom with me please!!

I weigh in tomorrow. Here’s to hoping I lost a pound! 🙂

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2 thoughts on “Red Dirt Weight Watchers

  1. Daniel B.

    Hmm, I never thought about the connection between needing to breastfeed and wanting to lose the baby-weight. As a male I am curious, how long do you typically breastfeed? Will you plan to lose more weight once you stop breastfeeding? Still, at a pound a week that is still 52 in a year, which isn’t bad at all. I hope your plan goes well. I should be posting my own blog soon. I am within a pound of 100 Pounds lost. I just tell people to keep trying, keep the will and determination to not give up and give in to eating poorly and not exercising. I hope this works for you!

    1. April McGrew

      Sorry it took me so long to respond! Well, first of all, my ultimate goal is about 50 lbs, so I’m okay with that. I plan to breastfeed for at least a year, possibly up to two years. So, my goal is to lose weight until I reach the 50 lb mark. Breastfeeding exclusively (no solids) burns about 500 extra calories a day. However, if you lose weight too quickly during breastfeeding, your body tends to compensate in milk supply, which can be almost impossible to recover. Some people don’t recommend to diet at all, and some exercises can be tricky. It can become a pain, but for me, it’s worth it!

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